Belgrade Theatre - Latest Posts for News & Blogs News & Blogs en-gb Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:10:33 +0100 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:10:33 +0100 Godiva Rocks - brand new song unveiled! Godiva Rocks is our sensational brand new Coventry musical which celebrates the city’s rich history of fantastic popular music. Now the writers of the show have added to that great musical legacy with a brand new song, written especially for the show, called So Wrong It’s Right and we love it! We’re really excited to share it with you now for the first time, so click the link below and turn your speakers up! Lyrics – Alan PollockMusic – Gordon DougallProduction/Musicians – Kiera... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Belgrade Theatre Celebrates 10 Years of B2 The Belgrade Theatre has hosted an anniversary party to celebrate 10 years of its B2 auditorium this September. Special guests were invited to join Belgrade staff for a glass of fizz and a slice of cake in celebration of B2’s 10th birthday, as well as hearing from speakers including Artistic Director Hamish Glen, Associate Director Justine Themen and Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Tony Skipper. B2 opened in September 2007 following an 18 month closure whilst the £14million refurbishment and exp... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Old Pound Coins Did you know, the old style £1 coins cease to be legal tender on Sunday 15th October? If you’ve got some spare coins hiding down the back of the sofa, or in a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in years, why not donate them to the Belgrade? As a registered charity, donating to us means you can help support the work we do in your local communities; our Arts Gymnasium, Lifestages programme and Making Memories are just some of the projects we run, using the arts to educate, enrich and inspire... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 A Spotlight on A Haunting As the B2 10th anniversary celebrations get well under way we took five minutes out to catch up with Coventry based director, Jennifer Davis. Jennifer will be bringing her ‘nail-biting’ thriller A Haunting for three performances to the studio this October. Tell us about yourself JenWell, I grew up in Bulkington but was schooled in Coventry and have always thought of the city as my home. Since graduating from university I’ve been freelancing as a theatre director and have trained on th... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Pink Sari Revolution in rehearsal The cast of Pink Sari Revolution are currently busy in rehearsals – we thought we’d share a sneak peak of them at work for the brand-new show that hits our B2 Stage this October. “When you grow up in this place, the violence becomes a part of you” In the “Badlands” of Uttar Pradesh, where violence against women can be traced back into Indian mythology, one woman has raised an army to say “no more.” She is Sampat Pal, the formidable and fearless leader of the Gulabi Gang, a m... Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Coventry’s Number One Song The winning song of our campaign to name Coventry’s favourite song is Ghost Town by The Specials! The winner was chosen by public vote and the campaign was launched in connection our new musical, Godiva Rocks, which will celebrate the city’s musical history on our Main Stage this October. Ghost Town by The Specials was chosen by a public vote as Coventry’s number one song from a list of the 34 top ten hits by Coventry & Warwickshire artists. Jerry Dammers, a founding member of The Spe... Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Is it panto audition time? Oh yes it is! We were so excited to host panto auditions for the region’s most talented young performers for the junior chorus of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella! Children aged between 9 -16 came to audition at the theatre on Sunday 3 September. Young hopefuls were split into groups and taught a short dance routine by the show’s choreographer, which they were later asked to perform in front of Writer, Director and Dame, Iain Lauchlan. A chosen few that made it through the first round were asked ... Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Jemima Dury in Conversation Jemima Dury, the daughter of legendary rock star Ian Dury, talks about her relationship with Graeae Theatre Company and the hit musical Reasons to be Cheerful, touring again in autumn 2017 and hitting our Main Stage on 8 & 9 September. Jemima comments everyone should see Reasons to be Cheerful because “it is the best example of accessible theatre, it is entertainment of the highest order, it’s fun, it’s a musical, what’s not to like about it, basically. Just immense fun“. Reasons... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Be Kind to Humankind Week This week marks Be Kind To Humankind Week, with today in particular being Willing To Lend A Hand Wednesday. If you love theatre, and are willing to lend a hand, there are lots of opportunities here at the Belgrade to volunteer your time as an usher and to act as an ambassador for the theatre. Head over to the Opportunities page and download a Volunteer Job Pack. If you’re not able to donate your time, but would still like to support us, head over to our Faces of the Belgrade page to read a... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100 George Nichols - A Play for Modern Times In the last in our series of short films with the creative team of Faithful Ruslan – The Story of a Guard Dog, Assistant Director George Nichols draws parallels between the production and its modern relevance. Despite being based on events which took place during post-revolution Russia, the story of Ruslan reveals and allows audiences to explore some startling similarities which are taking place in the world today. George explains how he was “amazed… [by] how incredibly relevant it is ... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100